Daily Archives: July 3, 2013

Ernie Banks 2001 Fleer ‘Greats Of The Game’

Ernie Banks 2001 Fleer ‘Greats Of The Game’

Wow, how old does Ernie Banks look in this card from the 2001 Fleer ‘Greats Of The Game’ set???


I love it!!!  It is always nice to grab a new (modern) card of Banks for my collection, and I especially like that I have not seen this image used on a baseball card prior to nabbing this card.

It goes to show that sometimes a little more attention to image selection will net you some respect.  And for me, I am thrilled not to see a ‘repeat’ image on such a classy looking baseball card!!!



Just taking a few minutes to acknowledge that this is post #9,000 on ’30-Year Old Cardboard’.

For those of you that have been with me for some time, that is an awful lot to read – and I ‘Thank You’.

I was unable to find a good image on the web with the number 9,000 in it, so I had to make one…


Your regular posts will resume shortly.


Mike Schmidt 2013 Topps Archives – 1972 Topps Design

Mike Schmidt 2013 Topps Archives – 1972 Topps Design

Sure, I was happy to see Mike Schmidt’s name appear on the 2013 Topps Archives checklist when it was released prior to the set’s launch.

And when I saw that Mr. Schmidt was going to be a part of the 50 cards that make up the 1972 Topps portion of the set, I got a bit more excited because with his coif-haristyle, heavy mustache, and tinted shades, I thought Schmidt was a player whose look personified the style of the 1970’s.

Sadly, instead of drawing a smile on my face, this card does the opposite. 

Have a look:


Frown = Disappointment


Joe Morgan 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen – Base

Joe Morgan 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen – Base

Of all of the cards from the base set of the 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen release, it was this Joe Morgan card that had eluded me the longest.

I had not been able to secure this card at two different baseball card shows…

I had not been able to score this card as part of a trade…

I did not pull this card from any of the rack packs or retail blasters that I opened after the set’s release….

So, I did the next best thing – Buy It Now for $1.00 with Free Shipping!!!

And now, this card is mine:


And I have to say that I love it.  I am a huge fan of the Gypsy Queen brand.  And I think cards of the Cincinnati Reds from this set are especially nice to look at.


Did You Know…

The first member of the Texas Rangers baseball club to win a Gold Glove for defensive excellence in the outfield was Juan Beniquez.  He captured the award in 1977.



PREDICTION TIME: Jose Fernandez Will Represent The Miami Marlins At The 2013 MLB All-Star Game

PREDICTION TIME: Jose Fernandez Will Represent The Miami Marlins At The 2013 MLB All-Star Game

I am not really the ‘Told You So’ kind of guy, but I do enjoy trying to predict baseball-related happenings.

And since the ballots came out, I had a really hard time putting ay confidence into who would represent the Marlins at this year’s All-Star Game in New York.

Prior to his lengthy stint on the DL, Giancarlo Stanton was more than likely the guy.  And for a short time, I thought that Ricky Nolasco could earn the spot.  Heck, I even gave the nod to rookie Marcel Ozuna but I think the lack of national attention would hurt his prospects..

Over the course of the last three weeks, the decision has become clear.  And Monday’s outing solidified it!  Jose Fernandez is the best choice to represent the club.

Here are the numbers from his last four outings:

Result IP Hits Runs ER K’s Walks
W 8 2 0 0 10 1
5 4 1 1 3 3
L 7.1 3 2 2 4 2
W 7 6 3 2 10 2

Impressive stuff for a 20-year old kid!!

And as the season gets deeper, the Marlins are leaving him out there longer and longer.  A month ago, he was not pitching past the 6th inning, but now he is getting as deep as the 7th and 8th innings on a regular basis.  As a matter of fact, Jose Fernandez is helping give the bullpen for the Marlins a little break – he is the only one doing that consistently.

So, the All-Star selections are scheduled to be announced in the coming days.

You know my pick – and I would be shocked if it ended up being anyone else!!!


Jose Fernandez

‘Million Dollar Question’ – If You Could Watch A Ballgame With Any Living Hall Of Famer, Who Would You Choose??

Million Dollar Question – If You Could Watch A Ballgame With Any Living Hall Of Famer, Who Would You Choose??

The inspiration for this week’s ‘Million Dollar Question’ comes off of the heels of my recent opportunity to enjoy a VIP experience with Hall of Famer Andre Dawson that included watching the Miami Marlins game together.

If you happened to have missed that story, you can read it here.

The experience was unreal, and one that both me and my wife will not forget.

One of the many thoughts that whipped through my mind while at the event was how lucky I was to be able to be in this situation and how amazing it would be if we all had this kind of chance at one time or another.

I started thinking of my buddies and my blogging pals and tried guessing who they would select if they could be in my shoes and enjoy this kind of 1-on-1 time with their favorite players.  I’m pretty sure that I could predict a few, but I am certain that others would surprise me as well!!

And that is how I landed on this as the subject for this week’s ‘Million Dollar Question’.

So, If You Could Watch A Ballgame With Any Living Hall Of Famer, Who Would You Choose??

I am very eager to hear what your answers may be.

As for me, you know my answer!!!


Hopefully, Andre and I get to do it again in the future!!!